Aim: To investigate the volume and provision of local liver histopathology in the 11 hospitals of the Yorkshire region outside Leeds, as a potential model for a hepatopathology network.
Methods: Postal questionnaire to all histopathologists in 11 hospital trusts in Yorkshire.
Results: Liver biopsies represent about 0.5% histopathology requests in Yorkshire, with more medical than tumour biopsies. Pathologists often discuss these biopsies with each other and clinicians; a third had done liver continuing professional development (CPD) in the last 3 years, and 70% would like to do more. Overall, around 5% liver biopsies are reviewed in the hepatology centre, and most responders thought this about right.
Conclusions: For primary reporting of liver biopsies, local pathologists need good communication with the responsible clinician, access to relevant CPD in liver pathology and a biopsy referral pathway for cases which are clinically or pathologically challenging.
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